The time has come for Clint Dempsey to hang up his cleats.
The veteran forward announced his retirement from professional soccer Wednesday, capping a legendary 15-year career split between the New England Revolution, Fulham FC, Tottenham Hotspur, Seattle Sounders and the U.S. Men’s National Team.
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Thank you it’s been real. ✌️
After prolific 15-year career, Seattle Sounders forward and @ussoccer_mnt legend @Clint_Dempsey announces his retirement. #ThankYouDeuce ✌️
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— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) August 29, 2018
An all-timer in ?⚪️&?. Legendary #USMNT forward @clint_dempsey has announced his retirement. #ThankYouDeuce // https://t.co/rosK8tkJxU pic.twitter.com/llblD5w40n
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) August 29, 2018
“After a lot of thought, my family and I have decided that this is the right time for me to step away from the game,” Dempsey said in a statement. “I’d like to thank all of the teammates, coaches and support staff that I’ve worked with throughout my career. It has always been my dream to make it as a pro. I’m grateful to have been on this ride.
“I would like to thank all of the fans who have supported me throughout my career with the New England Revolution, Fulham, Tottenham, Seattle Sounders and the U.S. Men’s National Team. Y’all have always made me feel at home, and it is something that I will always remember.”
50+ – Clint Dempsey retires as the only American to score 50+ goals both in international play and league play in the top five European leagues.
USMNT – 57 goals in 141 apps
EPL – 57 goals in 213 apps
MLS – 72 goals in 186 apps
Deuces. #ThankYouDeuce ✌️ pic.twitter.com/Okpi30L9XB
— OptaJack⚽️ (@OptaJack) August 29, 2018
Dempsey, 35, bows out as one of the best and most decorated Americans to ever play the game. He is the joint-top scorer in USMNT history alongside Landon Donovan with 57 goals. Dempsey’s 141 international appearances rank third in team history, while his 21 assists also rank third.